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Article Date : 01 February 2012
Article Author : Chris Jones

Luang Phor Tae Klongtong 


Luang Phor Tae Klongtong, officially named Prakru Pavanasungwornkun was born on Monday 15th June, (Kun 9) on the seventh month of the year of the Rabbit, B.E. 2434.

(Note: According to the Thai lunar calendar, a month has 30 days, and each month is divided into two parts, each part has 15 days, one half of the month is called "Karng Kun days (or nights)", and the other half is called "Karng-Ram days (or nights)".His parents, Mr.Jun Samngarnnoi and Mrs.Boo Samgnarmnoi, were locals of Tambon Sam Ngam, Amphur Don Tum, Nakhon Pathom province. He was born as the fifth child of a family of seven.

At the age of seven his uncle, Luang Lung Dang, a famous senior monk of Wat Kalong, Samut Sakorn Province, suggested that he go to Wat Kalong with him.

During that time Luang Lung Dang was a highly respected monk, and as such Luang Phor Tae’s parents considered it an honour to allow their little son to accompany the monk to be educated.

Luang Phor Daeng taught the young boy many bqasic sciences, dhamma and sacred spells over a period of three years before he returned home aged 10

Several years later, aged 15, Luang Phor Tae was ordained as a novice monk by Luang Lung Dang, who also was to ask him to help build a new temple in Don Tum Village, three kilometers away from Sam Ngam Village, where Luang Phor Tae was born.

Later the temple was called “Wat Arunyikaram” or “Wat Sam Ngam” as it is known today.

During this period Luang Phor Tae Kongtong increased his knowledge extensively, learning many new sacred sciences from his uncle and in particular those associated with opposite sex attraction, protection from weapons and danger.


In B.E.2454, aged 21 , Luang Phor Tae Kongtong was officially ordained by Prakru Utrakarnbodi of Wat Paniangtak, Pra Samutes of Wat Tungpakgood, Pra Atikarn Jom of Wat Lumhey, who acted as Pra Upacha, Pra Karmavajacharn, and Pra Anusavanacharn respectively.

Once Luang Phor Cham told Luang Phor Tae that: "If you want to become Jow Koon (monk with a high title), take a train to Krungthep (Bangkok). If you want to become a real monk, you must enter the forest."

In pursuit of knowledge and a deeper understanding of high-level meditation Luang Phor Tae decided to travel deep into the forests and jungles of many provinces throughout the Kingdom. It was during this time that he was to meet many sacred–spell experts, learning arcane sciences and magic. Amongst those he was to meet were Luang Phor Cham of Wat Takong, Luang Phor Gon of Wat Bortakua, and a Khmer sacred-science expert, previously a top ranking soldier in the Khmer armed forces, whom he met at Talung Mountain in Kanchanaburi province.

Luang Phor Tae’s pilgrimage extended from B.E.2455 to B.E.2472, a total of 17 years. 

It is said that Luang Phor Tae was a monk who possessed a lot of metta (loving-kindness) and bahramee (power). Whenever Luang Phor Tae went for Tudung, many villagers would give money and personal possessions but he never accepted the gifts, only morning alms.

Within that time he did return to the temple to help oversee renovation work and attend various funerals and in particular that of Luang Phor Tah of Wat Paniangtak, who passed in BE 2465 only a few months after he had met Luang Phor Cham. Actually Luang Phor Cham was not much older than Luang Phor Tae but is regarded as one of the most influential teachers of Luang Phor Tae because of his dedication to the Buddhist faith and sacred sciences. The fact that LP Tae became a disciple of Luang Phor Cham also tells us something of his nature; clearly he was not an egoist, but a dedicated monk that would honor others without prejudice or partiality. 

Luang Phor Cham was extremely well known for his strict practice in Dhamma and high attainment in Saiyasaat (magical arts). LP Cham unselfishly imparted everything that he knew on the subjects of Dhamma, meditation, tudong and saiyasaat to LP Tae

Luang Phor Tae - Sacred Monk of Wat Sam Ngam

In the year BE 2475, at the age of 40, he became the Abbot of Wat Sam Nagm. However before Luang Phor Tae became so widely known, he had to work very hard indeed. Originally Wat Sam Ngam was quite dilapidated and it was his responsibility to ensure that he worked tirelessly to re-construct many of the buildings’. 

Luang Phor Yaem Tarnyutto, close disciple of LP Tae, and current Abbot, revealed that Luang Phor Cham was a frequent visitor to the temple, quite an accomplishment in those days, as the temple was not serviced by any roads. Furthermore Luang Phor Yam often praised Luang Phor Tae for his extreme dedication

The two monks became very close friends and Luang Phor Tae learnt much from Luang Phor Cham and was inspired by him to create his own amulets.

Sacred Amulets

Luang Phor Tae is widely known and highly respected for his sacred amulets that have brought extreme good luck and great fortune to many people. On many occasions it has been recorded that people wearing Luang Phor Tae's amulets were unharmed from accidents. There were also stories told by many villagers (some still living today) and people from all over Thailand that they were saved from both evil spirits and ghosts after wearing LP Tea's amulets. Of course his best known amulets are Guman Thong, a number of which we feature on

Interestingly Luang Phor Tae did not learn the science to create Guman Thong from Luang Phor Cham as is so often thought, but from an old book that he was given by a senior monk at Wat Gutidiaw, Nakon Pathom Province, an ancient temple which now is deserted. Luang Phor Yam also revealed that the ancient-science book that Luang Phor Tae had used to create his Guman Thong has been retained by the temple and is considered a very precious heritage.

Luang Poo Tao, a senior monk of Wat Kohwangsai, also learnt many sacred sciences from Luang Phor Cham and a close friend of Luang Phor Tae, said that Luang Phor Cham and Luang Phor Tae were both merciful monks Even a cow at Wat Sam Ngam previously belonging to Luang Phor Cham was spared after his death and taken care of by Luang Phor Tae in respect for the soul of his teacher.

Both Luang Phor Tae and Luang Poo Tao strictly followed Luang Phor Cham’s instructions, never showering for decades, indeed their robes were also darkened with age, but preferring a life of dedication over beauty. It was by this same token that all of Luang Phor Tae’s Guman appear quite rough in appearance, but that did not detract from the power, having passed consecutive blessing ceremonies.

Moreover all materials were especially collected from many places such as graveyards (ghost-power soils), deep forests (sacred plants), places that most people feared to tread. Luang Phor Tae wanted to create some of the most efficacious amulets possible, and the raw materials often took years to collect. This dedication is what makes his Guman the most sought after and the most powerful, providing protection, fortune and good luck.

According to a story told by the villagers of Nakhon Pathom, in year B.E.2483, there lived an unlucky food peddler in the town centre of Nak Kan Bahn. He was a great chef but no matter how hard he worked, he didn't manage to succeed in his business. One morning while travelling to the town to set up his stall, he met a preaching monk along the way. Immediately, he put down his belongings and scooped a big bowl of food and presented it to the monk.

After finishing the food, the monk walked along with the peddler and spoke with him. He learnt of the hardship and unluckiness of the peddler. As they parted, the monk took out a clay doll-like statue from his bag and gave it to the peddler, telling him to treat it well everyday so that his luck will change.

Soon after that, the peddler's business improved dramatically. He then came to know that the monk that gave him the statue was LP Tae, abbot of Wat Sam Ngam and the statue was called 'Guman Thong'.

It was said that even whilst Luang Phor Tae travelled or slept in deep jungles or forests collecting materials for his Guman Thong, the mosquitoes would never bite him; it was though his body was covered with an invisible net. Luang Phor Tae actually later revealed that he used a scared spell known as “Kang Moong”, learnt from Luang Phor Cham.

Fortunately Prakru Utrakarnbodi also known as ''Luang Phr Tah of Wat Paniangtak" was one of vthe most famous sacred monks of that era teaching Luang Phor Tae additional sacred sciences, incl;uding Lord Buddha Dhamma and meditation.

Several months later Luang Phor Daeng passed away at Wat Kalong. Prior to his death he had requested that Luang Phor Tae help oversee Wat Sam Ngam. Luang Phor Tae worked tirelessly to fulfil his Uncles wishes.